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Fund to preserve, assist Black churches gets $20M donation

By Jay Reeves — January 17, 2022
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The announcement about the donation from the Lilly Endowment was timed to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday on Monday.

On MLK Day, King III implores Senate to act on voting rights

By Michael Warren and Jeff Martin — January 17, 2022
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Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

By Jake Bleiberg, Eric Tucker, and Jamie Stengle — January 17, 2022
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — The rabbi of a Texas synagogue where a gunman took hostages during livestreamed services said Monday that he threw a chair at his captor before escaping with two others after an hourslong standoff, crediting past security training for getting himself and his congregants out safely. Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker told “CBS Mornings” […]

Indian court acquits bishop of charge of raping nun

By Krutika Pathi and Ashok Sharma — January 15, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church.

Bad luck: Pope acknowledges he got caught at record store

By Nicole Winfield — January 14, 2022
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has long lamented that he can’t walk around town unnoticed like he used to before becoming pope. But he seems to have nevertheless kept his sense of humor after he was caught on camera making an unannounced visit to a Rome record shop this week. Francis wrote a note to […]

Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach

By Associated Press — January 14, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field. Former Bremerton High School coach Joe Kennedy’s lawyers say the religious beliefs of their client, who is Christian, “compelled him to […]

Judge dismisses challenge to Connecticut law ending religious vaccine exemption

By Susan Haigh — January 13, 2022
(AP) — U.S. District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton said the plaintiffs failed to prove state's decision to end the exemption was “motivated by any religious animus.”

North Dakota bishops ask parents to oppose state university’s gender inclusion policy

By James Macpherson — January 13, 2022
(AP) — UND President Andrew Armacost said some of the North Dakota Catholic Conference’s claims about the policy 'simply aren’t true.'

Court dismisses Louisiana pastor’s virus restrictions suit

By Kevin Mcgill — January 13, 2022
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana pastor’s lawsuit over Gov. John Bel Edwards’ past COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings was rejected for a second time Wednesday by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson in Baton Rouge said the lawsuit by Tony Spell seeking an order blocking the restrictions is moot because the restrictions […]

How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

By Anthony Siracusa — January 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — MLK’s vision for nonviolence included abolishing what he called triple evils – racism, poverty and militarism.

New Mexico church official urges nuclear disarmament talks

By Susan Montoya Bryan — January 12, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of one of the oldest Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States says now is the time to rejuvenate and sustain a global conversation about the need for nuclear disarmament and how to develop ways to avoid a new nuclear arms race. Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester released a […]

Noem to push abortion ban after 6 weeks, conservative vision

By Stephen Groves — January 12, 2022
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday (Jan. 11) said she would push legislation to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, as she laid out a sharply conservative list of priorities to start the state’s legislative session. During the final State of the State address of her first term, the […]

Kin of dead sex abuse victim sue under new California law

By Brian Melley — January 12, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After decades of dealing with the boyhood trauma of being molested by a priest, Jim Bartko sued the Roman Catholic church two years ago. But the lawsuit was dismissed when he died four days after speaking publicly about it. A new law has now revived his case, allowing his estate to […]

Top Indian court intervenes in hate speeches against Muslims

By Ashok Sharma — January 12, 2022
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Wednesday said it will take up a petition seeking prosecution of several saffron-robed Hindu religious leaders for allegedly making highly provocative speeches against Muslims at a closed-door meeting last month. Three Supreme Court judges said they were issuing a notice to the Uttarakhand state government that they […]
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